Affiliate Program Group (APG)

The Department of Geography has an officially-recognized Affiliate Program Group (APG) of the Penn State Alumni Association, chartered by GEMS—the Graduates of Earth and Mineral Sciences alumni society. The group will act as an advisory body to the department and a mechanism for connecting alumni with each other and with current students, faculty and staff.  The group is eligible to seeking funding and recognition through the Penn State Alumni Association.


Current leadership:

  • Brendan Wesdock (B.S. 1995)
  • Jennie Karalewich (B.S. 2005)


Founding organizers of the APG include:

  • Jeff Erickson (B.S. 1997)
  • Grady Meehan (M.S. 1970)
  •  Anne Messner (B.S. 1989)
  • Scott Pezanowski (B.S. 1997)
  • Joel Sobel (B.S. 1969)
  • Kelly Vanderbrink (B.S. 2004, M.S. 2008)


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  • June 15, 2015 organizational meeting and networking event - Penn Stater Conference Center
  • March 27, 2014 networking event - Walker Building
  • July 13, 2013 Arts Festival social - Walker Building
  • February 9, 2013 organizational meeting and networking event - Walker Building